The Tour started with more of a bang than I was expecting. Heavy rain and tricky surface conditions meant riding fast was risky. Froome got the best of the favourites, taking the most risks and reaping the reward. The same equation didn’t work out as well for Valverde, who is sadly out of the race with a serious injury. 

With Froome so far in front of his main rivals already, it’s looking good for him. He’ll have to watch his pack though and there is plenty of incentive for the other favourites to team up against him in the early mountain stages.